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WWE signs its first female Middle Eastern wrestler

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The WWE announced on Monday that they have signed their first female performer from a Middle Eastern country, with Shadia Bseiso joining the ranks and signing a developmental contract. A native Jordanian, Bseiso joins the company at a time when they are not only rapidly expanding their international market, but their female one as well  — something she too wants to focus on.

“Female athletes are finally getting the credit they deserve. The world is more open to that, and in terms of how the region will react to it, I’m hoping its going to be very positive, Bseiso said.

The addition of Bseiso not only as a Middle Eastern, but as a female, comes in the wake of Kairi Sane winning the inaugural Mae Young Classic earlier this summer. Sane, a native of Japan, is joining a wave of female international competitors, an aspect that was on display during the first installment of the Mae Young Classic.

Bseiso has a jiu jitsu background, and as has become standard protocol, will begin by training in Orlando, Fla., at the Performance Center.

The WWE has gone global with its outreach recently, as current WWE Champion Jinder Mahal has held the belt since May after becoming the first Indian WWE champion in company history.

Last year, the WWE debuted their first wrestler from China in Tian Bing, who competed during the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania.

Jesse is a news desk reporter and FRS SLAM columnist with FanRag Sports since August 2016. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a dual major in comparative literature and journalism.

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